You can't win them all, but Rory McIlroy had gone three straight tournaments with victories until the Barclays. If he can figure out that pesky putter, a new run could start at TPC Boston, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Rory McIlroy could have easily mailed it in after starting Friday outside the top 100 at the Barclays. After a bogey-free 65 in Round 2, he clearly has no plans to exit the playoff opener early, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
It has been rare of late to see Rory McIlroy's name anywhere but the top of the leaderboard, but the reigning Open Championship and PGA Championship winner was far from his impressive standard, shooting 74 at the Barclays on Thursday.
Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson were critical of a PGA decision to allow Rory McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger to hit approach shots on the 18th hole while Fowler and Mickelson were still playing the hole near the green.
Jack Nicklaus has gotten to know Rory McIlroy since the Northern Irishman moved to Florida a few years ago, and the Golden Bear does not hold back in his praise for the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.